In 1815, following his final defeat at Waterloo, French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (Kenneth Haigh) arrives at St. Helena, the barren, wind-swept South Atlantic island to which the British and their allies have exiled him. Guarding Napoleon are troops led by English general Sir Hudson Lowe (Ralph Richardson), the island's governor. Although Lowe allows Napoleon and his small entourage his valet, Haitian bodyguard General Gourgaud (Moses Gunn), and chief aide Count Bertrand (Ferdy Mayne) and Bertrand's wife (Billie Whitelaw) to move freely around the island, Napoleon bristles at the idea of being Lowe's prisoner.
August 13, 2012 Subject:
Excellent....Little known Gem
Excellent movie!Needs to be watched with no distractions. Story deals with Napoleon's exile on Saint Helena Island between 1815 and 1821. It does presume the viewer has a little knowledge of the period history and lingering questions about how Napoleon died.Costumes are excellent in the color production. Kenneth Haigh looked the way I always imagined Napoleon would look. IMDB calls the movie, "Highbrow." Maybe it is but not in any way that gets in the way of a good entertaining story with excellent actors. Billie Whitelaw is stunning. Georgina Hale is interesting. I wonder why this movie is not better known. 5 stars from me.